Housed in what was originally the Hotel Utah, the Joseph Smith Memorial Building — named in honor the founder of the Latter Day Saint movement — opened in 1993 after 76 years as a hotel internationally recognized for its elegance. The original Hotel Utah first opened in 1911, and before its closing in 1987 it hosted U.S. presidents, lawmakers, LDS Conference Attendees and many famous celebrities.
The building is located on the corner of Main Street and South Temple in Salt Lake City. Its large, ornately decorated multi-story lobby features a large white statue of Joseph Smith Jr. and an enormous crystal chandelier. The complex also contains a FamilySearch center (where the public can do family history and genealogy research), three restaurants, 13 banquet rooms, catering services, a full-service floral department and the Legacy Theater, which has regularly scheduled free showings of church-produced films.